Executive Director

"Think good and it will be good" The Lubavitcher Rebbe

ABOUT Leanne

Leanne is an indigenous Joburger and the newly appointed Director of Cadena South Africa. She has a diverse background in environmental science, field work, research and education. Leanne is an ardent supporter of conservation through sustainable development and local community participation. She holds an M.Sc (Marine Biology) from UCT which involved independent research, presenting at conferences around South Africa, laboratory work and authoring research papers for international journal publications. Science has led her across rural Southern Africa and Central America.

Leanne has also travelled through some of the world’s poorest countries, such as Madagascar and Cambodia, and through tolerance and understanding learnt on her travels, she is excited to embark on her new journey leading Cadena SA to drive future community outreach projects forward.



  • Disaster Management

  • Education

  • Volunteering

Cadena is an international humanitarian non-profit organization committed to providing aid to people affected by natural disasters around the world; and develop long lasting, cost efficient solutions that enhance the quality of living for vulnerable communities. Cadena's ethos of "hand to hand" ensures help is delivered to where it is needed, when it is needed. The organization has been so successful, that it is expanding to more than seven countries.

Born 10 years ago, as a result of the hurricane Stan. Five friends from Mexico City wanted to not only send food via the Red Cross, but they wanted to go themselves, and give the food and products to the people that needed them the most. When they arrived, they saw that the most needed people did not always get what they needed. Hence this is the driving force - to work with the most vulnerable communities without intermediaries. In South Africa and Southern Africa, the focus will be on both humanitarian need, as well as disaster management response.